The Wels Catfish has a long and scaleless body just like an eel, with a large head and mouth. The inside of the mouth has rows of 100s of tiny little velcro like teeth on the top and bottom of its jaw, these are used to hold its prey before passing it to the two sets of crushing pads at the back of the throat. It has six barbules, two long ones on the upper jaw for detecting its prey and four shorter ones on the lower jaw. It has a small dorsal fin whilst the anal fin stretches backwards until it almost reaches the tail.
The colour of a Wels cat can vary from fish to fish but normally they have dark eyes with a dark greeny black body with creamy yellowish sides creating a mottled effect. Albino catfish are sometimes found but are quite rare, these have red eyes and a yellow creamy colour to its body.
Catfish like to hide away in dark quiet places until they are ready to feed, like overhanging trees, weed beds and hollows under the bank, a bait placed near any of these areas is a good bet. when a catfish is on the feed it will normally come to you and will not be a fussy eater either.
How to catch a Wels Catfish
There are various methods to tempt the wels Catfish, one is to ledger deadbaits consisting of Roach, Carp, or eels. look for any likely feature that the Catfish would patrol like marginal shelves, deep holes and snaggy areas and place your bait here and wait.
Livebaits are very good , These can be presented just below the surface or with a weak link tied to a bottle, see bottle rig below. this method can produce very violent takes